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Caddy’s blast after Lyme defeat
TOPSHAM ST JAMES 108 (16pts) beat UPLYME & Lyme Regis 72 (5pts) by 36 runs
ASHLEY Caddy accused his men of complacency following a shock first defeat of the season at struggling Topsham St James, writes Adam Summers.
Uplyme & Lyme Regis went into the clash as overwhelming favourites but after bowling the hosts out for 108 and reaching 55-2 in reply, they then suffered a catastrophic collapse, losing eight wickets for just 17 runs to fall 36 short of their target.
Ross Treleaven (6-29) and Adrian Miller (3-17) did the majority of the damage but the visitors’ slump was more down to poor application than sublime bowling.
Skipper Caddy, who picked up 5-20 and top scored with 17, said: “Due to the wet weather the game was switched to the university ground where they had roll-on covers.
“There was still a bit of standing water on the outfield but at the end of the day we wanted to get the game played.
“We bowled them out for 108 but our batting display was pretty poor.
“They bowled reasonably well but we gave at least half our wickets away and I think we just got too over confident.“
Chasing 108 was never going to be easy in such wet conditions and so it proved.”
The result means Uplyme will now head into this Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash at Shaldon Optimists, 18 points clear.
Caddy added: “Shaldon’s game was postponed at the weekend so the defeat only cost us a point but had we won we would now be around 35 points clear rather than just 18, which is a massive difference.
“There’s no doubt it was a missed opportunity but hopefully we will learn from it and get straight back on track in what is now an even bigger game this weekend.”